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What percent of users and experts removed it?
18% remove it82% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,644
United States Rank #2,331
Reach 0.2310%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 26.85 days
791.94 days >
Average installed length: 416.10 days


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52 versions

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System Update

What is System Update?

Lenovo System Update is the updater program which runs with Windows (in the background as a service) and automatically starts up when your computer boots. It checks for updates and automatically downloads and installs them if found based on the user's settings. Lenovo Update checks for installed Lenovo OEM software included with a new PC. System Update is used to update/install Lenovo drivers, BIOS and applications.

About  (from Lenovo)

System Update should be used to update your system after a new setup or re-image. System Update may need to be run multiple times to ensure all updates have been downloaded and installed successfully. System Update is located in different areas depending on the operating system and System.


The most used version is 4.01.0015, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is tvsu.exe. The software installer includes 40 files and is usually about 10.38 MB (10,879,893 bytes).

System Update is pre-installed on the PC

Such software is installed by the manufacture when delivering the PC to the end user. Some pre-installed programs are considered bloatware as they are simply limited function trials, while others are required for proper PC operation.
Note: This program has often been considered as bloatware by some users as it is bundled on various manufacturer's new PCs. (Because this might be considered bloatware does not mean the software is bad or harmful, if you use it regularly its worthwhile to have. However, bloatware typically means the program is optional and was simply pre-installed but is not required and can be removed.) Some quick tips to be aware of:
  • It is usually licensed for use only on the Lenovo PC on which it was pre-installed.
  • It sometimes difficult for users to remove via the 'Uninstall a Program' feature in Windows.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.lenovo.com
Help link: www.lenovo.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Lenovo\System Update\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{8675339C-128C-44DD-83BF-0A5D6ABD8297}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 10.38 MB

Program filesFiles installed by System Update

Program executable:tvsu.exe
Name:tvsu Application
Path:C:\Program Files\lenovo\system update\tvsu.exe
Additional files:
  • uncsetting.exe - ThinkVantage System Update (UNCSetting)
  • TvsuCommandLauncher.exe - ThinkVantage System TvsuCommandLauncher
  • SUService.exe - ThinkVantage System Update Service
  • Tvsukernel.exe
  • Interop.NetFwTypeLib.dll
  • Interop.NATUPNPLib.dll
  • Interop.NETCONLib.dll
  • UACSdk.exe - uacsdk Application
  • mapdrv.exe - Map Network Drive (Map Network Drive Application)
  • 7za.exe (by Igor Pavlov) - 7-Zip (7-Zip Standalone Console)
  • Client.dll
  • Common.dll
  • dm.exe
  • EnumCD.exe
  • Installer64.exe
  • SocksSSLConnector.dll
  • StartSuService.exe
  • Tools.dll
  • tpisysidsu.exe
  • TvsuServiceCommon.dll
  • tvsutil.dll
  • TvtBiosCheck.exe
  • UNCObject.dll
  • UNCServer.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • tvsu.exe is scheduled as a task named 'TVSUUpdateTask_WIN-OVQJSSB2HKP_Administrator' (runs monthly on Tuesdays at 18:47).
  • SUService.exe runs as a service named 'System Update' (SUService) "ThinkVantage System Update".
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • tvsu.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Lenovo\System Update\tvsu.exe'.
  • UNCServer.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Lenovo\System Update\UNCServer.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:11.6 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0004667833%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00032706%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00013972%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:2,508
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:1.56 KB
435.61 KB average

How do I remove System Update?

You can uninstall System Update from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program System Update, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove System Update.

Win 7 (SP1) 69%
Win Server 2003 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 72.02%
Windows XP 14.30%
Windows Vista 7.97%
Windows 10 5.69%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 52.53%
Windows 7 Home Premium 13.69%
Microsoft Windows XP 13.65%
Windows 10 Pro 4.42%
Windows Vista Business 3.38%
Windows 7 Enterprise 2.91%

Distribution by countryGeography

54.01% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 54.01%
  Germany 5.85%
  Canada 4.27%
  United Kingdom 3.05%
  France 2.50%
  Israel 2.26%
  Australia 1.77%
  Japan 1.53%
  DK 1.45%
  Taiwan 1.45%
  Italy 1.41%
  India 1.07%
  Sweden 0.96%
  Norway 0.95%

About Lenovo

Lenovo is a PC hardware and electronics company whose products include personal computers, tablet computers, mobile phones, workstations, servers, electronic storage devices and IT management software.
Publisher URL: www.lenovo.com


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